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Date set for Premier League fans to return to stadiums

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After weeks of uncertainty, it appears Premier League fans will be allowed to return to stadiums just before the end of the current season.

Premier League fans are set to return to stadiums during the middle of May. As announced on Monday afternoon, up to 10,000 supporters could be allowed for the final round of games.

The plan was revealed on Monday as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘road map’ for the easing of lockdown restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Football stadiums and other sporting venues not allowed to have fans at the moment due to covid-19 restrictions in place. Back in December, fans were allowed in stadiums briefly but it all had to be called off after yet another spike in covid-19 numbers.

As relayed by The Telegraph, the plan now is for fans to head back to stadiums from May 17, provided certain criteria are met in terms of battling the virus.

Indoor events will be capped at 50 per cent capacity or 1,000, whichever is lower. For outdoor events, this will be 50 per cent capacity or 4,000, whichever is lower.

The road map includes a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25 percent of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.

That means Premier League grounds, such as Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, could welcome fans back for the final round of fixtures.

The likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all play their final games at home and fans could be allowed in those venues.